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The global dimension in history and historiography

Doctoral seminar



17-18 September 2014



University of Vienna



>> Call for applications [pdf]

Deadline: 9 July 2014



Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna



Wolfgang Schmale (University of Vienna)

Christian Cwik (University of the West Indies)


Participating professors and senior researchers

Rina Cáceres Gómez (University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica)

Georg G. Iggers (State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S.A.)

Franklin W. Knight (Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.)

Paul E. Lovejoy (York University, Canada)

Michael Toussaint (University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)

Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University, U.S.A.)

Michael Zeuske (University of Cologne, Germany)



The doctoral seminar deals with questions relating to the global dimension of historical events, phenomena, structures, and processes and their consideration for scientific analysis, interpretation and text production. It addresses advantages, disadvantages, possibilities, impossibilities, theories, methods, as well as potential results and perspectives, and suggests a structured cooperation between regional experts. The emphasis will be on the role of the Congress of Vienna as a turning point for different parts of the global community with regard to the rise of imperialism since 1815, understood as a product of “global thinking”.

The seminar will provide an interactive forum for doctoral students to present their work and receive critical feedback from experts as well as to discuss questions and problems with peers. This shall lead to an interdisciplinary and intercultural “polylogue”. Presentations will be augmented with keynote addresses and parallel workshops dealing with a specific set of problems or reconsidering methodical approaches. Discussions will be based on pre-circulated texts and papers. The main goal of the seminar is to foster excellence in global history research by giving doctoral students constructive feedback and technical advice from senior researchers as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers outside of their home institution and insights relative to career development. To create an easy atmosphere, we have scheduled social activities such as an informal get-together on the evening before the seminar and an excursion on the afternoon of September 18 exploring “Global places in Vienna”. We encourage participants to stay for the duration of the international bicentenary conference.


Oral presentations

Each presenter will be given a 30 minute time slot (15 minutes for presentation followed by 15 minutes for comments and discussion).


Poster presentations

Posters should be printed on A1 paper and laminated. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details. Authors are required to bring their posters at the seminar, as well as staying with the poster to informally discuss the work with seminar attendees for the duration of the scheduled poster session.



You are also invited to attend the seminar without presenting a paper or poster (subject to availability).


Preliminary schedule


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

06:30pm: optional informal tour of the University of Vienna & get-together


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10:00am: welcome and coffee

10:20am: welcome address

10:30am: keynote address I

11:30am: paper session I

01:00pm: break

02:30pm: paper session II

04:00pm: break

04:30pm: paper session III

06:00pm: poster session (until 07:00pm)


Thursday, 18 September 2014

10:00am: keynote address II

11:00am: parallel workshops

12:30pm: break

12:45pm: plenary discussion and closing comments (until 01:30pm)

03:00pm: optional tour of the National Library (globe museum) and the original premises of Congress of Vienna in the Austrian Federal Chancellery

05:30pm: opening of the conference >> “The Congress of Vienna and its global dimension”


For inquiries contact any of the seminar assistants:

Philipp Bruckmayr (doctoral student, Univ. of Vienna), 

Florian Kerschbaumer (doctoral student, Univ. of Klagenfurt),

Verena Muth (doctoral student, Univ. of Cologne),

Georg Schendl (doctoral student, Univ. of Graz/Univ. of Vienna),




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